City of Subiaco - Town planning controls and policies
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Town planning controls and policies

State and local level town planning controls and policies provide the framework for land use in the City of Subiaco.

The main documents that determine development standards in the City of Subiaco are the Town Planning Scheme No. 4 and City of Subiaco local planning policies.

Town Planning Scheme No. 4

All local governments in Western Australia are required to maintain a Local Planning Scheme. The City of Subiaco gazetted Town Planning Scheme No. 4 in March 2001. Several amendments have been made since then.

The Deemed Provisions within the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 will automatically apply to all Local Planning Schemes on 19 October 2015.  A copy of the Regulations can be downloaded from this website or from the State Law Publisher at The Deemed Provisions are to be read in conjunction with the Town Planning Scheme as many provisios replace or over-ride requirements of the Scheme, or add further provisions to the Scheme.

The town planning scheme text (PDF, 1.3MB) provides the statutory guidance for development including development provisions, permitted uses and compliance matters. This version of the Scheme has been annotated with notes to refer to sections that have been replaced by the Deemed Provisions, or where reference to the Deemed Provisions should be made.

The town planning scheme text which is accessible on the Western Australian Planning Commission website is also available for reference. This version of the scheme is not annotated with notes relating to the Deemed Provisions of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulation 2015.

Please refer to the City's online Mapping tool IntraMaps to determine the zoning details of properties in the City of Subiaco Local Government Area.

Subiaco Activity Centre Plan

The draft Subiaco Activity Centre Plan was endorsed by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting held 20 September 2016. The Plan will be submitted to the WAPC with a recommendation that it be approved. The City will give 'due regard' to the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan when determining development applciations within the Activity Centre area and when assessing proposals to amend Town Planning Scheme 4. It will also form an important guiding document for the review of the Town Planning Scheme.

A list of the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan documents is provided below:

For further information regarding the Subiaco Activity Centre Plan, refer to the Planning News and Projects page.

Scheme amendments

Amendments may be initiated to the town planning scheme, which includes amendments to the text or zoning which relates to the scheme map.

Requests to initiate an amendment to the planning scheme may be made by the council, city staff or a member of the public.

Download the Town Planning Scheme amendment request fact sheet (PDF, 200KB)

It is highly recommended that before submitting your request in writing you make an appointment with planning staff to seek further information and guidance.

Subiaco Redevelopment Scheme

The majority of development in the City of Subiaco is guided by the town planning scheme whilst a portion of the northern boundaries of the city is guided by the Subiaco Redevelopment Scheme, under the control of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

For information regarding development matters related to the Subiaco Redevelopment Scheme, visit the MRA website.

Planning Policies

To provide additional aspects of development control and guidance for the development of sites, the Town Planning Scheme No. 4 allows the council to adopt planning policies that guide both residential and non-residential development.

Planning policies are designed to ensure a high quality of development is maintained through consistent decision making and the processing of development applications in a fair and equitable manner.

1.0 Planning Procedures

1.1 Purpose of the manual (revoked 19 April 2016)
1.2 Refunding and Waiving Planning Fees (PDF, 24KB)
1.4 Public Consultation For Planning Proposals (PDF, 88KB)
1.5 Applications for Review of Town Planning Decisions and Written Directions (PDF, 32KB)
1.6 Planning Compliance (PDF, 164KB)

2.0 General Planning Policies

2.2 Reflective Roofing (PDF, 136KB)
2.3 Subdivision (PDF, 83KB)
2.5 Perimeter Fencing Policy (revoked 25 October 2016)
2.6 Demolition Policy (PDF, 35KB)
2.9 Working from Home (revoked 28 March 2017)
2.11 Child Day Care Centres (PDF, 20KB)
2.12 Liquor Licensing Policy (PDF, 66KB)
2.13 Shortfall Cash Payments In Lieu Of Car Parking In The Town Centre And Commercial/Residential Zones
(PDF, 21KB)
2.14 End of Trip Facilities (PDF, 27KB)
2.15 Environmental Design (PDF, 108KB)
2.16 Landscaping and Water Sensitive Urban Design (revoked 28 March 2017)
2.17 Designing Out Crime (revoked 25 October 2016)
2.18 Advertising Signs Policy (PDF, 1MB)
2.19 Communications Antennae (revoked 4 February 2017
2.20 Telecommunications Antennae (revoked 4 February 2017)
2.21 Non-residential Development in Residential Areas (revoked 28 March 2017)
2.22 Development in the Commercial/Residential Zone (PDF, 73KB)
2.23 Development in the Neighbourhood Mixed Use Zone (PDF, 58KB)
2.24 Development in the Local Centre Zone (PDF, 54KB)
2.25 Development in the Town Centre Zone (PDF, 68KB)
2.26 Site Works (PDF, 37KB)
2.27 Ancillary Dwellings - Considerations When Assessing Against the Design Principles of the Codes (PDF, 51KB)
2.28 Land Use in the Town Centre Zone and the Town Centre Development Zone (PDF, 232KB)
        Explanatory information for applicants - Local Planning Policy 2.28

3.0 Conservation and Heritage

3.1 Additions and Amendments to the Local Government Inventory for Subiaco and the Scheme Register of Places of Cultural Heritage Significance (PDF, 1033KB)
3.2 Archival Records (PDF, 17KB)

3.3 Heritage Incentives (PDF, 307KB)
3.4 Heritage impact referrals (revoked 11 April 2017)
3.5 Assessment of Cultural Heritage Significance  (PDF, 380KB)
3.6 Development Guidelines for Residential Conservation Areas (PDF, 219KB)
3.7 Kershaw Street Conservation Area (PDF, 282 KB)
3.8 Development Guidelines for the Rokeby Road and Hay Street Conservation Area (PDF, 100KB)
3.9 Union and Redfern Heritage Area (PDF, 482KB)
3.10 Chesters' Subdivision Conservation Area (PDF, 459KB)
3.11 Duke Street Conservation Area (PDF, 149KB)
3.12 Development Guidelines for Places Included on the Heritage List (PDF, 430KB)

4.0 Precinct Policies

4.1 Jolimont Precinct (PDF, 428KB)
4.2 Daglish Precinct (PDF, 84KB)
4.3 North Subiaco Precinct (PDF, 86KB)
4.4 Town Centre Precinct (PDF, 72KB)
4.5 Hay Street East Precinct (PDF, 74KB)
4.6 Rokeby Road South Precinct (PDF, 72KB)
4.7 Civic and Cultural Precinct (PDF, 69KB)
4.8 Triangle Precinct (PDF, 75KB)
4.9 West Subiaco Precinct (PDF, 439KB)
4.10 Shenton Park Precinct (PDF, 83KB)
4.11 Hollywood Precinct (PDF, 71KB)
4.12 University Precinct (PDF, 73KB)
4.13 Design Guidelines for Thomas Street Square (revoked 25 November 2014)
4.14 Forrest Walk Design Guidelines (revoked 19 April 2016)
4.15 Hampden Road Hollywood Neighbourhood Centre - Built Form Policy and Guidelines (PDF, 1.2MB)

Residential Design

Planning policies should be read in conjunction with the town planning scheme and the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes). The R-Codes are state government document that sets the basic controls for residential development for the whole of Western Australia.

A copy of the R-Codes can be downloaded from the Department of Planning website.

Development Compliance

If you are concerned that a development may be operating without an approval from the city, or contrary to approved plans and/or conditions of approval, in the interest of fairness and accountability, all enquiries/complaints are to be made in writing (letter, facsimile or email) to the city, by filling out the 'Formal Planning Complaint Form' below. This information will enable the city to contact you should further information be required and to notify you of the outcome of the investigation.

Download the Formal Planning Complaint Form.